Rodney Times : December 14th 2010
10 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2010 NEWS 3352518AB Summer Hours Open ll 7pm every Friday up to Christmas 8am-9pm daily From Boxing Day Come and enjoy an evening treat and try our fantas c new favours Phone 422-7797 Openair Cinema & Music Under the stars, among the vines! Gates open 6.30pm, live music from 7pm, movie approx 8.45pm Adult $18, child 8-15 $9, 7 & under FREE www.AscensionWine.co.nz/comingevents 480 Matakana Road, Matakana Ph. 09 422 9601 ext. 2 Full details & movie trailers at... Tue 4th Jan Rolling Stones 'Shine a Light' Wed 5th Jan 'Meet the Parents -- Little Fockers' Thur 6th Jan 'Once Upon a Time in the West' Fri 7th Jan 'Inception' Aerial trickster: Richard Hood flying his ZK-Nut. Photos: JILL GUILLEMIN Big attraction, right: The enormous Catalina impressed visitors. Warbirds mark anniversary day By CARALISE MOORE Crowd pleaser, above: Warbirds pilots demonstrate skilled flying at the Ardmore Airfield Pearl Harbour Open Day. DC-3 anniversary, above: The event also marked the 75th anniversary of the DC- 3's first flight. High flyers, left: A North American Harvard owned by New Zealand Warbirds president Ace Edwards. Dairy Flat's North Shore Aero Club Warbirds were out in force for the Ardmore Airfield Pearl Harbour Open Day on December 5. Thousands of people visited the south Auck- land airfield to commem- orate the 69th anniver- sary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Har- bour in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which brought the United States into World War Two, and the 75th anni- versary of the first DC-3 flight. It went pretty well, the weather was very good,'' Warbirds event organiser Peter Hough- ton says. There was a bit of cloud in the morning, and a bit of a breeze, which stopped it from getting too hot.'' This is the second year the air show has been held, with both static and flying displays. The programme included demonstrations from the DH83 Tiger Moth, Zlin Z50, Yak 52s, glider displays from Parakai, a Thunder Mus- tang, Spitfire Tr9, L39 Albatross and a Catalina flying boat. Ardmore Airfield is the home of the iconic DC-3, celebrated during the event. The DC-3 is an auth- entic 1940s wartime Dakota and saw service in the Pacific for the US Army Air Force. After the war the DC-3 operated commercially in the Philippines, then moved to New Guinea and Australia. In 1987 a group of New Zealanders bought and flew her from Australia to her new home in Auckland. Another big attraction was the Catalina. The Catalina is one of many used during World War Two by several allied forces, including the Royal New Zealand Air Force. One did a com- memorative flyby over Orewa during a Hillary Square service honouring Sir Edmund Hillary after his death in January 2008, as he served on flying boats in the Pacific during the war. Manufactured by four companies at six plants, Catalinas have an enor- mous range of more than 3000 miles and endur- ance of more than 27 hours with a cruising speed of around 90 to 100 knots. They were used for long range maritime patrol, shipping escorts, antisubmarine patrol, transport and search and rescue of downed airmen. They are affec- tionately known as Dumbo. The New Zea- land Catalina was built in Montreal and served the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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